Medical schools do not want to admit bright students who find out in medical school that they don’t like hospitals. Hence, they want their applicants to have had some direct exposure to what medicine is. This primarily comes from volunteer/work experience. Although the amount of experience is modest (especially when compared with what other professional schools, e.g. physical therapy or physican’s assistant, require), it is absolutely essential that applicants to medical school have some direct exposure to medicine.
Students gain experience by volunteering in hospitals, clinics or individual practices. Many Geneseo students get experience from participating on the campus emergency squad, the Town of Geneseo emergency squad, or the emergency squad in their hometown. Except for the local emergency squad activity, most of these activities occur during the summer or winter breaks.